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Raintree County (1957) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Millard Kaufman, Thomas D. Tannenbaum and David Lewis.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressElizabeth TaylorNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: William A. Horning, Urie McCleary; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh HuntNominated
Best Costume DesignWalter PlunkettNominated
Best Music - ScoringJohnny GreenNominated
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Raintree County (1957)

By Beatrice on Jul 23, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Raintree County Directed by Edward Dmytryck Written by Millard Kaufman from a novel by Ross Lockridge Jr. 1957/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental Epic-length melodramas aren’t my thing. This one is just tedious despite Liz Taylor’s?Oscar-nominated performance as a ... Read full article


Raintree County

By RBuccicone on May 13, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Raintree County (1957) ???? Raintree County marked a significant point in the career of Montgomery Clift, although not a positive one. It was a box office hit because people flocked to the theater to compare the before and after images of the face of a man who had been disfigured?in a car accident d... Read full article


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T.D. Shawnessy: [to Flash, who is drinking beer in public] Flash Perkins, don't you know that your body is the temple of the spirit, and you defile and pollute it with that Devil's brew you have there?
Orville 'Flash' Perkins: [Nonchalantly] Why, if you say so, pappy...
T.D. Shawnessy: Why don't you come 'round to our next temperance rally. Come 'round and take the Total Abstinence Pledge.
Orville 'Flash' Perkins: Why, pappy, I'll take that pledge right now.
T.D. Shawnessy: Orville, we want men to take that pledge only when they're sober.
Orville 'Flash' Perkins: But if they're sober, what's the point in havin' them take the pledge?
[Everybody laughs]


John Wickliff Shawnessy: My students seem to enjoy creepin' up on me.
Nell Gaither: They're all in love with you.
John Wickliff Shawnessy: Teachers get fallen in love with. It's an occupational hazard.


John Wickliff Shawnessy: [On the riverboat with Susanna, visiting the South for the first time] You were right, Mrs. Shawnessy, I like your river. I really do. It even smells good.
Susanna Drake: I knew that you'd understand it. Which is more than most Yankees do. Now, that's something I don't understand. 'Cause all you have to do is go South once and you LOVE it!
John Wickliff Shawnessy: Well, to us Yankees, the South is not too easy to understand... You ever read "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?
Susanna Drake: [Shocked] "Uncle Tom's Cabin"? Phoo... I haven't married an abolitionist, have I?
John Wickliff Shawnessy: That is the skeleton in my closet.
Susanna Drake: Now, you mustn't joke about it.
Susanna Drake: [Arranging a vast collection of dolls on her bed] Anyway, there's worse things than being an abolitionist.
John Wickliff Shawnessy: Like what?
Susanna Drake: Like having Negro blood in you. Isn't it funny? Just one little teeny drop and a person's all Negro. A person can't always tell, either.


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At the time of its release, it held the (dubious) honor of being the most expensive film ever made.
The town of Freehaven of the mythical Raintree County was created in 1956 on MGM's vast Backlot #3 at Jefferson and Overland Boulevards in Culver City, California, by re-designing a portion of an old western set and adding some new buildings such as the Freehaven Town Hall and its clock tower. In 1971, MGM's Lot #3 was demolished to make way for a new apartment and condominium complex which became known as "Raintree Estates," named for this motion picture. Several Chinese Golden Raintrees were planted around the new residential property and many of the complex's streets and buildings were named for various MGM productions.
On May 12, 1956, during the shooting of this film, Montgomery Clift was involved in a serious car accident on his way back home from a party at the house of Elizabeth Taylor. His friend Kevin McCarthy witnessed the accident from his car, drove back and informed Taylor and her then husband Michael Wilding, who immediately drove to the location together with Rock Hudson. Taylor entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him. Hudson finally managed to pull him out of the wreck and together they protected him from being photographed until the ambulance arrived. This was necessary because soon after the emergency call had come in to the local police station, reporters were already on their way and arrived at the scene when Clift was still in the car. The accident was well publicized. After nine weeks of recovery and with plastic surgery, Clift returned to the movie set and finished the film, but with considerable difficulties. His dashing looks, though, were gone forever. If you notice in some scenes, his nose and chin look different, and the left side of his face is more or less immobile.
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